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New Farm

About the profile areas

The 2016 Estimated Resident Population for New Farm is 12,804, with a population density of 63.12 persons per hectare.

Location and boundaries

New Farm is bounded by Chester Street, Gibbon Street, Beeston Street, Kingsholme Street, Macquarie Street and Merthyr Road in the north, the Brisbane River in the east and south, and Harcourt Street in the west.

Name origin

New Farm was named to describe the area as it first was - a new cultivated farming district.

Settlement history

Settlement of the area dates from the 1830s, with land used mainly for dairy and crop farming. Growth took place in the 1880s, accompanied by industrial development. Significant development occurred during the post-war years. An electric tramway power station operated from 1928 till 1971, and was redeveloped as an entertainment and arts precinct in 2000. Redevelopment and gentrification took place from the 1990s. The population has increased since the mid 1990s, a result of new dwellings being added to the area, particularly from the Cutters Landing development.

Land use

New Farm is a predominantly residential area which has undergone recent redevelopment.

Major features

Major features of the area include New Farm Park (Binkinba), Merthyr Village Shopping Centre, Brisbane RiverWalk, Brisbane Powerhouse, Merthyr Park, Powerhouse Park, Wilson Outlook and two schools.